Cubs’ Kris Bryant Hits Grand Slam in 2nd Inning, His 2nd HR of Game

Chicago Cubs third baseman Kris Bryant is a stud—a bona fide, 110 percent, absolute stud.The 23-year-old superstar put on a fireworks show earlier than expected on Independence Day, as his team jumped out to a 7-0 lead in the second inning against the Miami Marlins. The righty bombed a two-run dinger in the first inning and then rocketed a grand slam in the second.Wrigley Field got wild, and so did Twitter:Bryant isn’t quite ready for Mount Rushmore, but the rookie is certainly playing like an American—er, National—hero.[MLB.com, Twitter]Read more MLB news on BleacherReport.com


Miguel Cabrera Injury Will Test Tigers’ Playoff-Race Mettle

This is what you call a snowball. Or at this point it might seem more like Murphy’s Law trying to take effect on the Detroit Tigers, because anything that can seemingly go wrong is creeping around the team right now. The Tigers have now won two in a row after Saturday’s 8-3 win against the Toronto Blue Jays. But that is coming off being swept at home by the Pittsburgh Pirates and, even worse, Saturday’s news that the best hitter in the game has a severe calf strain. Miguel Cabrera, who leads the American League in several offensive categories, was pulled from Friday’s game in the fourth inning. After being evaluated, the Tigers announced a Grade 3 left calf strain for the MVP candidate, putting him on the disabled list for the first time in his magnificent career and on the shelf for six weeks. “When you lose the best hitter on the planet ...


White Sox’s Avisail Garcia Robs Chris Davis of Game-Tying HR in 9th Inning

Nope! With his Chicago White Sox clinging to a 3-2 lead in the top of the ninth inning Saturday, outfielder Avisail Garcia saved the day. Baltimore Orioles slugger Chris Davis sailed a would-be dinger deep to right, but Garcia showed off some crazy bounce with a perfectly timed jump and brought it back. Garcia was pumped afterward, leaping excitedly with two hands in the air before getting his game face back on. He had every right to be fired up, though—even Davis gave him a nod of respect. What an incredible play. Chicago held on to win 3-2. [MLB]Read more MLB news on BleacherReport.com


Tigers’ Alex Avila Makes Incredible Leaping Grab While Falling in Stands

Thanks to Miguel Cabrera’s calf injury, Detroit Tigers catcher Alex Avila is out of place at first base.Before his first career start at the new position, Avila spoke humbly to reporters:If Avila meant “unbelievably good” when he said he’d be “adequate,” he was right. With his team up 4-0 in the top of the fourth, the 28-year-old made an absolutely insane catch as he fell into the stands.Looks like “adequate” has a new definition.[h/t The Score, Twitter]Read more MLB news on BleacherReport.com


MLB All-Star Voting 2015: Predictions for Each League’s Biggest Snubs

Each year, a few select players have the misfortune of being labeled as "All-Star Game snubs." The fan vote to determine starting position players is an imperfect system, as evidenced by the current crop of potential starters in the American League. Eight Kansas City Royals players rank within the top three vote-getters at their positions. Because of this glaring imperfection, we're stuck wondering what could have been. For the four players below, those "what if" moments could come sooner rather than later. Players from each league will be labeled as "snubs," but the four below—two from each league—have the potential to be the biggest All-Star Game snubs this season. Now the polls are closed, and tonight we'll get our first look at which players will make up each league's starting lineup. The selection show for position players takes place tonight at 7:00 p.m. ET on ESPN. So with just over a week separating us ...


David Ortiz Gets Drilled in Head While Breaking Up Double Play

David Ortiz took a throw off his dome in the bottom of the fifth inning as his Boston Red Sox tried to rally back against the Houston Astros on Friday.With men on first and third with one out, Hanley Ramirez hit a grounder to the hot corner. An inning-ending double play appeared imminent.But Big Papi came barreling into second base and got rocked in the head by a throw from Jose Altuve. The ball flew all the way into the stands, and Ramirez was credited with an RBI groundout to cut Houston's lead to 5-4.It wasn't enough for Boston to win the game, as the Astros prevailed 12-8, but hey—way to use your head there, big fella.[MLB.com]Read more MLB news on BleacherReport.com


Stephen Strasburg Injury: Updates on Nationals P’s Status and Return

Stephen Strasburg's difficult year for the Washington Nationals got a little more harsh, as the right-hander left Saturday's game against the San Francisco Giants with a side injury. Continue for updates.  Strasburg Leaves in 4th Inning vs. Giants Saturday, July 4 The Nationals announced Strasburg will be re-evaluated on Sunday after experiencing tightness in his side. Dan Kolko of MASN went into further detail on Strasburg, "Strasburg felt tightness during the Posey AB. Trying to keep positive mindset despite all the injuries. "Everything happens for a reason." Strasburg recently returned from missing one month with neck and back issues, so another injury could completely derail a season that's barely on track already.  The former No. 1 overall pick has struggled all season, posting a 5.49 ERA with 72 hits allowed in 57.1 innings. He is still striking out plenty of hitters, with 60 strikeouts coming into the day, but consistency has not been his friend thus ...


Nationals’ Bryce Harper Hits Home Run Using America-Themed Bat on July 4th

You really can't get any more 'Merica than this. Bryce Harper went all out celebrating the Fourth of July by knocking a two-run homer off San Francisco Giants pitcher Madison Bumgarner while using the most patriotic bat in history. On top of the stars on the Nationals' jerseys, Harper used an America-themed bat to send the ball over the fence. It was Harper's 25th home run of the year, which put him in an exclusive group at his age. The announcer said it best. "Stars on the shirt, stars on the bat, star in the batter's box." The long ball gave the Nationals a 3-0 lead early in the game. [MLB, Twitter]Read more MLB news on BleacherReport.com


MLB All-Star Roster 2015: Predictions for Most Surprising Selections

When leaving the New England Patriots, Bill Parcells famously complained that he didn't want to "cook the dinner" if he couldn't "shop for some of the groceries." For the managers of the MLB All-Star Game, the situation is a bit like those cooking competitions on television, where the ingredients are a random grab bag selected by somebody else.  While some of the ingredients might be sublime and blend together perfectly, there's always the chance of receiving some obscure and exotic ingredients that seems little more than rancid lard.  But when it comes to filling out the roster and nailing down the all-important pitching staff, the managers get the chance to go back to the pantry and pick out their own ingredients to salvage the overall dish.  I personally find the entire aspect of having the game determine home-field advantage in the World Series, so that it will "mean something," atrocious. However, I do think ...


Cold Hard Fact for Saturday, July 4, 2015

Fact: For the 1st time in his career, Miguel Cabrera is headed to the DL. Since his 1st full season in 2004, nobody has played in more games (1,809). Bleacher Report will be bringing sports fans the most interesting and engaging Cold Hard Fact of the day, presented by Coors Light. Source: ESPN Stats & Info, SportsCenterRead more MLB news on BleacherReport.com


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